Walt Disney World Preview — Week of February 17, 2018

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Tickets, parking, and Minnie Van prices are on the rise. What else is new this week at Walt Disney World? Keep reading to find out!

Special Events

  • Walt Disney World ticket prices have increased. Check out Rikki’s post for a breakdown of the new pricing options.
  • Prices have also increased for both the Minnie Vans and parking at Walt Disney World. Minnie Vans will now be a flat fee of $25; regular parking is $22 and preferred parking is $45.
  • The Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals begins February 22 and runs (get it?) through February 25. Will you be participating? Let me know in the comments!
  • The Three Caballeros are now at Discovery Island Carnivale in Disney’s Animal Kingdom! You’ll find these avian musicians from February 4 through May 5.


For the most current weather conditions, click here.

Crowd Levels

For more information about crowd levels, click here.

Park Hours

Attractions Closed For Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom:

  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • Liberty Square Riverboat


Animal Kingdom:

  • Finding Nemo – The Musical (2/4/18 – 2/25/18)

Typhoon Lagoon: Closed for refurbishment

How do you feel about the jump in prices? Sound off in the comment section!

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Angela Dahlgren

Angela is cohost of the TouringPlans Podcast and regular contributor to the TouringPlans YouTube channel. When she's not talking about the happiest place on earth, she spends her time entertaining her own little Minnie and Mickey Mouse. You can find her on twitter @AngelaDahlgren or via email - angela@touringplans.com

7 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Preview — Week of February 17, 2018

  • February 15, 2018 at 11:32 am

    With Morning Extra Magic Hours at 7am when to you recommend arriving? When do the buses start to run? Thanks!

    • February 15, 2018 at 11:32 am

      At Animal Kingdom

      • February 15, 2018 at 9:39 pm

        It depends on whether you want to do the Pandora rides or not. If you’re planning to do the Pandora rides, the buses may not get you there in enough time to avoid a long wait. The buses generally start 45 minutes before park opening which means that you may not get to the park until 15-30 minutes before opening (worse if the bus line is long at your resort and you can’t get on the first bus). I have heard that people start lining up for Animal Kingdom an hour before park opening now and sometimes they start letting people in the gate before opening time. So short answer is if you plan on doing the rides in Pandora, arrive an hour before. Well worth it to take an Uber, drive yourself, or Minnie Van versus relying on the buses.

      • February 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm


        Tyler answered your question perfectly. Thank you Tyler!

        I’ll be more on top of the comments next time

        – Angela

      • February 16, 2018 at 4:28 pm

        Thank you Tyler! We are planning on Pandora so it looks like a very early day and Uber for us!

  • February 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I’m running! It will be my first runDisney race, super excited! Then staying until Wednesday! Luckily different February break than most!!

    • February 16, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      How exciting Liz! Good luck!

      – Angela


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